Monday, January 18, 2016

Oscar Project 2016: Fifty Shades of Grey

Movie: Fifty Shades of Grey

I have mixed feelings about the conversations around this book/movie. I didn't like it. I didn't think it was good, qualitatively, completely aside from the subject matter. But the conversation too often veers toward the ever-popular "women can't tell truth from fiction so need to be protected from xyz," and I hate that. I will say that I thought the movie actually improved on the book in some ways, especially in the writing, and that Dakota Johnson did a good job with what she was given.

Availability: On DVD or Blu-Ray now, or available to buy from various download services. HBO also has it at the moment, so check your listings or HBO Go.

Nominated in:

Music (Original Song): This movie actually did have a decent soundtrack! And really, as far as categories go, this is probably the one most divorced from the movie itself, so we can say "Academy Award nominee Fifty Shades of Grey" (which is fun because people are so shocked) but it's practically on a technicality. Anyway! This song is okay I guess - I wouldn't be OUTRAGED if it won - but I think "Love Me Like You Do" is way better.

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